Brittany has a rugged coastline, and many connections with southwest Britain. It is a beautiful place to visit when the weather is good, but the winter arrives early here.
St Malo is an interesting collection of shops, bars and restaurants all crammed into the ancient walled citadel. St Malo also has a collection of fine beaches around it. A popular place for sailors to dock.
Parking in St Malo
Driving and parking anything larger than a car in the citadel is not recommended. There are many car parks along the approaching bridges. The ones closer to the citadel have height restrictions so parking further out may be your only option. There is a reasonable sized free car park (Duchesne) outside the Manoir Du Cunningham hotel on Place Monseigneur Duchesne.
Campsites in St Malo
La Cite d'Aleth
Tel: 0299 816091
Overlooks the bay and is housed in a Second Wold War fort. Open all year round. Gets busy in summer.
Carnac has a collection of over 4,000 standing stones. Although of a similar age to those stones found at Stonehenge, the stones at Carnac are in rows rather than circles. There are three main sites, all close to each other. Because the stones do not align with the sun like those at Stonehenge there is some debate about their purpose. They are an interesting visit. Carnac also has some lovely sheltered beaches.
Carnac has as many as 19 campsites. Amongst the best are the 2 star Men Du, behind plage de Men Du, and the more expensive 4 star Grande Metairie near the Kercado tumulus.
This pretty fishing village, in the heart of Finistere, is set back from the sea on the Goyen estuary.
Free camping in Audierne
Free camping is possible in the car park behind the dunes at Bale de Trepasses.